Electricians are among the many types of workers who are at risk of asbestos exposure. Although the risk is now lower than it was before the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) placed strict regulations on asbestos use, electricians are still at risk today due to older systems, wires, and products made with asbestos-containing products.
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About Electricians and Asbestos Exposure
Electricians have numerous duties, depending on their job description. In general, electricians are responsible for:
- Assembling and installing electrical wiring
- Repairing malfunctioning electrical systems
- Connecting wires
- Testing electrical systems
- Preparing blueprints and sketches
- Placing pipes and tubing into walls, partitions, and other areas
Electricians often work around turbines, generators, and older equipment that was built with asbestos-containing products. In addition, lots of wires were made with asbestos-containing insulation due to its resistance to heat and fire. In some instances, electricians are exposed to asbestos for long hours each day while they work with or around asbestos-containing products.
Manufacturers That Supplied Asbestos Products
In the past, there were an array of manufacturers that supplied asbestos-containing products to companies and job sites where electricians worked. The most notable manufacturers include:
- General Electric (GE)
- Crane Co.
- Union Carbide
- Uniroyal Inc.
- Foster Wheeler
- Uniroyal Inc.
- Siemens Energy & Automation
Electricians and Asbestos Lawsuits
In May 2012, six people who worked for R&R Electric Corporation filed an asbestos lawsuit in Roane County, Tennessee, after they all developed mesothelioma from working around asbestos-containing products. The plaintiffs, who worked as electrician helpers, sued several government agencies, including the head of the project, the Department of Energy (DOE). The plaintiffs’ asbestos attorney stated that while working,
“The chop saws created thick clouds of fine dust and debris, which completely coated Plaintiffs’ bodies and clothing every day, and which they breathed continuously.”
Additionally, the plaintiffs were subjected to a fire in 2001, which resulted in them breathing in toxic fumes after a contracting company, BNFL Inc., attempted to burn copper coils and asbestos-containing insulation material.
“The coils were burned in open fires in the BNFL switchyard over a period of a week, creating huge plumes of smoke. On information and belief, the insulating material and wrapping contained significant quantities of ACM (asbestos-containing material).”
While looking over documentation, the plaintiff’s asbestos attorney discovered that the DOE knew that the materials contained asbestos, according to the organization’s manual.
In July 2011, the family of former Navy electrician David Lanpher successfully won a lawsuit against numerous manufacturers that supplied asbestos-containing products and materials the military. According to court documents, Lanpher was never warned by the manufacturers of the dangers of working around asbestos products. In turn, he developed malignant mesothelioma and died on July 13, 2008.
While working on naval ships from 1954 to 1973, Lanpher handled wiring, engine parts, insulation boards, and many other products that contained asbestos. Due to the extreme exposure to the toxic mineral, Lanpher’s family was awarded $6.3 million in damages.
Additional Help and Resources for Electricians
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